Bhubaneswar: Puri King Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb on Monday termed the violence that erupted on Wednesday during a bandh called by Jagannath Sena, a social outfit, opposing the queue darshan system in the Jagannath Temple as “unfortunate”.
Speaking to News7 he asked the State Government to take stringent action against the culprits.
“The incident is unfortunate. The Government should probe and take action and punish the persons responsible so that such incidents do not recur,” said the Gajapati Maharaj, who is the perament chairman of the Jagannath Temple Managing Committee and also the Adya Sevak of Lord Jagannath.
Notably, tension ran high in the pilgrim city on Wednesday after hundreds of people, mostly activists of Jagannath Sena, a social outfit, went on the rampage on the Grand Road, facing the 12th century shrine and demanded immediate withdrawal of the queue darshan system at the temple.
The mob also ransacked the office of Shree Jagannath temple administration, vandalised the residence of Puri MLA and Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty and pelted stones at the house of Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi. The protestors also went berserk inside the 12th century shrine.
The violence broke out during a bandh called by Jagannath Sena, the social outfit, in protest against the queue darshan system in the shrine.
Introduction of queue system was one of the suggestions by the apex court to ensure discipline and hassle-free darshan in the shrine. The queue system was introduced in an experimental basis on October 1.